Something needs to be done about this!

I’m sure you’ve heard and said that many times. Here’s a secret: No.. actually, it doesn’t. By saying others need to do something to address a fear or concern of mine, I am, interestingly enough, giving up control. I’ve gained tremendous insight about myself by examining my mindset when I make this statement. By asking:…

The Usefulness of Debate

Is debate a useful technique in hashing out issues, learning from one another, or exploring solutions? I used to think it was, but I am beginning to question that wisdom. I used to consider debating an enjoyable sport, but I have been lately seeing the futility of this tool of discourse. In the debates I have…

The Carnival is In Town

Think about what happens to a TV show when it begins to struggle in the ratings. It tries new and drastic things, turning the plot and character development up on its end to be bold, innovative, and keep viewers tuning in to see what’s next.   It vaguely reminds me of our current political situation….

Taxation is Theft, But…

It’s an oft-repeated phrase, especially around tax season. That libertarian friend you know and love will remind you that taking anything by force violates the non-aggression principle (or the NAP), a philosophical view that force of any kind, outside of self-defense, is wrong. In the strictest sense, your friend is right. No one wants forced…

Lead Us Not Into Division, and Deliver Us from -Isims

The holidays are a perfect time to gather your friends and family for wonderful celebrations and endless political and philosophical debates. Actually, I love debating philosophy year-round, but the holidays are an even better time to get into those deep, controversial topics. Your guests aren’t going to leave while they’re eating delicious sweet potato casserole,…

Having Car Trouble is Not a Capital Offense

In the past day or two I have seen a lot of excuses being made for the death of Terence Crutcher.  They range from: If he had only followed orders He shouldn’t have stopped in the middle of the road Both of these are akin to the age old excuse of “She should have just kept…